Welcome to The Oregon Garden! Our mission is to welcome and inspire all visitors with an appreciation for the extraordinary ecology of the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a meaningful educational experience for gardeners of all skill levels and ages.
We are an 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty that can be found in the Willamette Valley and throughout the Pacific Northwest. We have educational specialty gardens for everyone, from the Sensory Garden and Rose Garden to the Children’s Garden and Pet-Friendly Garden, or the Silverton Market Garden and Amazing Water Garden. We also offer a complimentary narrated tram tour Friday through Sunday starting April 1st – October, and we are pet-friendly.
The Oregon Garden is also committed to sustainability. The Rediscovery Forest is managed in partnership with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and reveals insights on forest management. Visitors will also encounter one of the largest collections of miniature conifers in the country, in the Conifer Garden, and a 400-year-old Signature Oak, which is an Oregon Heritage Tree, in the Oak Grove. The Wetlands Habitat, which cools the City of Silverton’s treated waste water through a series of pools, brims with local wildlife. The Garden also promotes sustainability through green roofs, composting, edible landscaping, barley straw algae control and more.
The Oregon Garden is overseen by The Oregon Garden Foundation Board of Directors, which is composed of volunteers, and is recognized as a 501 (c)(3) public charity. The Oregon Garden Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and growth of The Oregon Garden.
- 1940′s – Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) explores the idea of developing a botanical garden.
- 1980′s – City of Salem contacts OAN about building a botanical display garden.
- 1990 – The Garden is listed as part of OAN’s first long-range plan.
- 1994 – The newly formed Oregon Nurserymen’s Garden Foundation holds its first meeting.
- 1995 – The site is selected in Silverton. The agreement is formed, which includes the development of a wetland system to cool the city’s treated waste water.
- 1997 – Groundbreaking is held June 27.
- 1999 – The J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Pavilion, Native Oak Grove and Wetlands are dedicated.
- 2000 – The Conifer Garden, Rose Garden, Children’s Garden, Hughes Water Garden, Northwest Garden, Bosque and Chez Garden are created.
- 2001 – Grand opening celebration is held June 29 to July 3, and Silverton Market Garden is created.
- 2002 – The Gordon House, Rediscovery Forest and National Resource Education Center open.
- 2003 – Pet-Friendly Garden is created.
- 2004 – Visitor Center, Sensory Garden and Honor Garden are completed.
- 2005 – Lewis and Clark Garden created.
- 2006 – Moonstone Garden Management begins managing the Garden.
- 2007 – Groundbreaking ceremony for the Oregon Garden Resort is May 1.
- 2008 – Oregon Garden Resort opens in October.
- 2011 – The Oregon Garden celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
- 2012 – Fire Safety House is created.
- 2014 – Discovery Pavilion grand opening on October 2.
- 2016- The Oregon Garden celebrates it’s 15-year anniversary.
- 2021 – The Oregon Garden Foundation resumes management of the Garden.